Social Studies

Social Studies (X) - High (X) - Transforming America: U.S. History Since 1877 (X)

All God's Children (2005)

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Dreams of freedom and equality for all Americans moved toward a greater degree of reality during the dynamic civil rights movement of the 1960s. The leadership and tactics of the movement, how it changed America, and why the movement eventually stalled is analyzed.

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All God's Children

Times Are A-Changin' (2005)

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The winds of change sweeping across America in the 1960s and early 1970s seemed to be blowing everywhere. The counterculture, American Indian protest movements, Latino movements, and the second wave of feminism are examined. What did it all mean?

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Times Are A-Changin'

Vietnam Dilemma (2005)

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Amidst the excitement swirling within America in sixties, the United States continued to grapple with dangerous issues in the world arena. After reflecting upon the Cuban Missile Crisis, the complex story of American involvement in Vietnam and how that affected the American people is examined.

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Vietnam Dilemma

The Decline of Liberalism (2005)

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Liberal policies brought great change in America from FDR's New Deal to LBJ's Great Society. This lesson examines why liberalism came under attack from all sides in the late 1960s and early 1970s and how the Watergate Affair, coming on the heels of the Vietnam War, confirmed public mistrust of politicians and government.

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The Decline of Liberalism

Conservative Resurgence (2005)

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Reflecting upon the status of American identity, freedom, and equality during the nation's bicentennial, the resurging conservative politics that prevailed for the last quarter of the 20th century are examined. Was government really the problem? Was the era of big government really over?

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Conservative Resurgence

A New Economy (2005)

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The American economy headed in a different direction in the late 20th century. Why did this happen? What did it mean? Public policy, the effects of technology, the changing nature of work and the workforce, and the decline of organized labor are examined.

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A New Economy

Life in the Fast Lane (2005)

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As Americans adjusted to emerging economic realities, the pace of their lives quickened. How did they cope with new freedoms and opportunities? Recent social history, including immigration and affirmative action is analyzed.

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Life in the Fast Lane

A Different World (2005)

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America had to adjust its role in the world in the late 20th century. The end of the Cold War, Americas continued involvement in the Middle East, and how American policymakers defined U.S. interests in a complicated and often violent world is analyzed.

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A Different World

Globalizing America (2005)

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At the turn of the 21st century, American culture seemed to be everywhere, and global trade accelerated. Then foreign terrorists attacked America on September 11, 200l. Why did this happen? The many dimensions of globalization, including the war on terrorism are analyzed.

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Globalizing America

A More Perfect Union (2005)

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This final lesson reflects upon American identity, freedom, and equality from the perspectives of our recurring experts, as well as our featured family members. Looking forward, we examine how we might secure a more perfect union for our posterity.

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A More Perfect Union

The Great Depression (2005)

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The stock market crash in 1929 alarmed investors and signaled hard times spreading beyond the farms. The causes and effects on Americans, and why Hoovers administration seemed unable to deal effectively with the crisis are analyzed.

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The Great Depression

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